Every year, tens of thousands of people flock to Nevada to celebrate the rowdy, creative and inclusive wonder that is Burning Man.
In the true spirit of artwork and community, ever year when Black Rock City rises from the alkaline sand of the Nevada desert, there’s no lack of impressive architecture and breathtaking structures.
They’ve become as synonymous with the festival as the festival’s temple, the Burner’s customized, creative vehicles and the tall effigy of a man, traditionally meeting his flaming demise on Saturday night.
Now in its 30th year, the festival encourages community and gifting, amongst others, with its ten principles also including radical self-reliance – the desert is out to kill you! – as much as (equally radical) self-expression.
As the winds sweeping the plain conjure up sandstorms, the campsite frequently turns into something out of a dystopian movie, full of dust, grime and citizens wrapped in dust mask and goggles.
Among all of it, the architecture is also one thing: temporary. Whichever art isn’t burnt over the course of the festival, the artists take back home.
Because once the man has burnt on Saturday night, and the Burners are making the trek back to civilization, the Leave No Trace principle ensures the festival leaves nothing behind that could bear witness to their existence.
Below, check out what this year’s festival goers have gotten up so far:
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